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    PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file ‘C:\Windows\TEMP/wordpress-3.tmp’

    I have been getting this message for plugin updates for a while now, but not being able to find a definitive solution (or one that I can understand) I have ignored it.. But updates are stacking up now. 6 plugins, and now there’s a WP udate too! I really can’t understand all that server stuff. Am I supposed to? I thought WP was supposed to be simple. Like me.. I would appreciate any help. It would be a shame to loose my site now.. Things were going so well… 🙁 🙂

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  • That sounds like there;s an issue with the server’s configuration. Have you spoken to your hosts about it? In the meantime, you can update your plugins manually.

    Oh boy.. Just checked how to.. It’s too complicated for a novice like me but good idea, thx esmi

    Sorry but unless your hosts can make changes at their end, upgrading manually is your only other option.

    Ill ask them then.. 🙂 Though.. what do I need to ask them to change ? Thsnks for your help. Much appreciated.

    WHEW… Sorted! Thank you for your help.

    PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file ‘C:\Windows\TEMP/wordpress-3.tmp’

    (the last bit ‘wordpress-3.tmp’ is the name of my particular file. yours might be different, but this is not important)

    This is a solution explained as simply as possible, for dummies like me, that couldn’t update their plugins after the WP 3.5 update.

    You need to ftp your server. Find the folder called wp content. Right click on it to create a new directory/folder. Call it TEMP. A new directory/folder called TEMP will appear in list. Now find the file wp-config. Right click on it and select edit. You will need to open it with notepad or another text editor. Once open, at the very bottom, paste this line:- (all of it including commas)

    define(‘WP_TEMP_DIR’, ABSPATH . ‘wp-content/TEMP’);

    save file…

    That’s it!..

    It’s really simple when you know how! I hope this helps somebody.. (like me) 🙂


    Thanks so much for this advice. i was going mad. (first a added a FILE called TEMP and it didn’t work, till i realised that i had to add a FOLDER called TEMP.
    so kind of you to share this info.

    Glad it helped 🙂

    Thanks a lot. You save my life! 🙂



    Thanks for the simple instructions from another non techie! 🙂

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